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External monitor issue

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tonocats, Aug 7, 2005.

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    tonocats Thread Starter

    Feb 4, 2005
    I have a Toshiba laptop that has a broken LCD screen. I've been hooking it up to an external monitor to use it but I've encountered problems doing so. Every time I start the computer, I have to F8 and choose "Enable VGA monitor" in order for it to come up and stay on the external monitor. If I don't do that, it comes up only momentarily on the external monitor and then the signal is lost and I get a black screen. Once the external monitor is up, the display is in low resolution and if I attempt to change the settings, the external monitor goes off and then will not come back on. This is a problem because I can only see a 2 inch strip on the left side of the laptop screen which leaves me unable to shut down properly. I have tried both settings on the laptop for external display only or simultaneous displays and it doesn't make any difference. I have tried to extend the laptop display to a second monitor by setting the properties to dual view which doesn't work either. There is an option on the laptop's graphics card settings to "clone" the display to a second monitor but that will not work either. I have 5 different monitors I have tried using with this laptop but they all do the same thing. I know my monitors are capable of a much higher resolution than what they are showing. The laptop is a Toshiba Satellite P25 S507 and is a 17" widescreen. Any ideas on what's going on would be welcomed.
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